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Thu, 10.02.1958

Guinea gains Independence from France

*On this date in 1958, Guinea gain its independence from France. 

Self-governing occurred 74 years after the 1884 invasion from the Berlin Conference, the highpoint of white-European competition for territory in Africa, a process commonly known as the Scramble for Africa.  That year the French Fourth Republic collapsed due to political instability and its failures in dealing with its colonies, especially Indochina and Algeria.

The founding of a Fifth Republic was supported by the French people, while French President Charles de Gaulle made it clear in August 1958 that France's colonies were to be given a stark choice between more autonomy in a new French Community or immediate independence in the referendum to be held on September 28, 1958.

The other colonies chose the former but Guinea under the leadership of Ahmed Sékou Touré whose Democratic Party of Guinea-African Democratic Rally (PDG) had won 56 of 60 seats in 1957 territorial elections – voted overwhelmingly for independence. The French withdrew quickly, and Guinea proclaimed itself a sovereign and independent republic, with Sékou Touré as president. 

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